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Uighur Muslims banned from observing Ramadan

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NewsGram Staff Writer

As the Muslim community across is observing the holy month of Ramadan, China, in a scandalous move, has banned the festival in parts of the far western Xinjiang district for Muslim inhabitants.

Xinjiang is home to Uighur Muslims, who have been asked not to fast during Ramadan.

Ramadan is the holiest month of the year for Muslims around the world, which involves fasting from dawn to dusk and offering prayers and reading the Quran for a month.

As per media reports, in some particular restive areas in Xinjiang, officials have been asked to give assurances, orally and in writing, “guaranteeing they have no faith, will not attend religious activities and will lead the way in not fasting over Ramadan”.

Other than putting a ban on fasting, China has also ordered halal restaurants to remain open during the day. Shops selling cigarettes and alcohol have also been asked either to continue their sale throughout the day or to remain shut down altogether.

Chinese authorities have often blamed Uighurs Muslims, whom they label as “religious extremists”, allegedly for being part of terrorist attacks in the recent years. But the group has always denied any kind of involvement in terrorist activities.

However China’s attempt to stoke religious sentiments might trigger further violence.

The Uighur leader, Dilxat Raxit, was reported as saying, “The faith of the Uighurs has been highly politicised and the increase in controls could cause sharp resistance.”

In January 2015, the Chinese authorities in Xinjiang province had passed a law, prohibiting residents from wearing burqas in public.

The state media reported that earlier in August 2014, another city in Xinjiang banned people wearing Islamic-style clothing and large beards from riding public buses during a provincial sporting event.

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Second Group Of Rohingya Muslims Get Deported By India

A United Nations report published in August accused the Myanmar military of committing mass killings and rapes with "genocidal intent" in 2017.

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Rohingya women and children are seen at a temporary shelter in the Kalindi Kunj area of New Delhi, India, April 15, 2018. VOA

India deported a second small group of Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar Thursday as part of what it said was an ongoing crackdown on illegal immigrants.

A police official in India’s northeastern Assam state, Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, said a family of five Rohingya was handed over to Myanmar authorities at a border crossing in Manipur state. A group of seven Rohingya was the first to be deported in October.

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A man from the Rohingya community fills out an identification form provided by local police inside his shop at a camp in New Delhi. VOA

India’s Hindu nationalist government considers some Rohingya a security risk and has ordered tens of thousands of those who live in small settlements to be repatriated.

A brutal Myanmar military campaign has forced some 700,000 Rohingya to flee to neighboring Bangladesh since August 2017. About 40,000 other Rohingya have taken refuge in India.

Also Read: Rohingya Shot in Rakhine Camp By Myanmar Police Raises United Nation’s Concern

A United Nations report published in August accused the Myanmar military of committing mass killings and rapes with “genocidal intent” in 2017.

Myanmar has denied the accusations, maintaining the military responded to Muslim militant attacks on security positions. (VOA)